Friday, December 22, 2017

Yes, I Am Still Alive!

Image result for calendarWell, at least this time it has been four months since my last entry instead of a year! So I have some updates since.

Image result for customer supportThe job that I had didn't work out after all.  I learned that I didn't like doing customer service phone support for Verizon.  I mean I really hated it. I HATED IT A LOT!!  There, I feel better now. I wasn't really sure if I wanted to bail on it because, after all, I needed the job, so I let Fate decide: 

The family was planning a reunion where we all got together from around the country for a week long fun fest. Well, I didn't want to miss any of it. The activities started on Tuesday and ended on Saturday. My work schedule went from Sunday through Thursday. I thought that wasn't too bad, I would miss three days of work. The job was still in the midst of 14 weeks of training. The way it dragged on, it could have been done in half that, so I figured I can catch up three days of it. I asked my trainer for the three days, she said she would have to check with her boss. Her boss said she would have to check with HER boss and would get back to me by the end of shift. Really? I have to go through three people to get three unpaid days off?  So at the end of shift I asked what the verdict was. They said "No." I said,  "Do I turn my badge in now?" I was feeling a lot of satisfaction when I walked out the door.

Image result for technicianIt all worked out. I went ahead and started my Social Security benefits. Then I became a free lance technician, picking the jobs I want to do and loving it.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.  Charlotte Bronte

Monday, August 7, 2017

Remember Me?

Image result for my bad  Omigosh, it has been almost ayear since my last entry! My bad! So sorry, Readers. A lot has happened that has kept me too busy, or I have simply been uninspired. Maybe a bit of both.

  Since my last ramblings, we have sold our home in upstate New York and headed West to the state of Idaho to be closer to family. As one gets older, one really can get attached to kids and grandkids and when they are far away, it really makes a void in one's life.

Image result for moving  So here we are in Idaho. The place isn't foreign to me as I had lived here some years back. Which would explain why I have family here. Just call me Mr. Obvious.  We bought a home and settling in nicely. However, my wife and I are not enjoying the aging process, who does? Ongoing afflictions are preventing her from resuming work and although I am able to continue work, albeit a bit slower then before, I have been finding it difficult to find employment in my venue. Although prospective employers never bring it up (that would be illegal), I think they tend to defer me due to my age.
I have found a situation that may seem to work out. Time will tell.

Image result for growth  I can't get over how much the area has grown.  It was going through a growth spurt when I lived here before and it continues. It use to be a five mile drive from downtown would put you into farm country. Now it takes a ten mile drive to do that. And that is only certain directions, otherwise you are driving into neighboring towns.

  My wife and I agree that one thing we DON"T miss from the Northeast is the humidity, bah!

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nostalgia via Madison Avenue

  Many of our memories are with the help of the advertising industries. Through them we have a prolific source of images that stay with us for life. Yup, you guessed it, I am going to review some of them right here and right now!

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Not a nationally known business but one that I remember growing up in the northeast, was Cushman's Bakery. As a child, the Cushman's delivery truck would deliver to homes. In particular, I remember boxes of little cupcakes with different colors of frosting.

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About the same time period, I remember my uncle 'Buddy' who I recollect drove a pickup truck, He must have been a mechanic at the time because it said 'Bear Wheel Alignment Service' on the side. The logo was often seen at garages.

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Though I was never a smoker, I remember being permeated by Lucky Strike cigarette ads (and many others) before cigarette commercials were banned from television. Indelibly burned into my brain was L.S./M.F.T. It was their catch phrase for "Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco"

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 I think, while growing up, I had a relative that might have worked at Pepsi-Cola. I remember often having a wooden case full of Pepsi bottles on the back porch. There is a logo that had many changes over the years.

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Probably the one that has stuck with me the longest is Coca-Cola. I have always preferred Coke to Pepsi. I have been told that I am addicted to the stuff, but I am not. I have gone a whole week without Coke and survived (barely).
  When I was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1968, there was a store down on the beach that had an old Coke vending machine. Insert three pennies and you would get a cold bottle of Coke. That wasn't the prevailing price at the time, but I think more of a way to draw people to the store.

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them. - Bob Dylan

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sunday Mornings

  The hardest part about Sunday mornings is waking up at 6:30 and getting up.  After that , it's all good.  Get ready and out the door and head to church. What I love about this time of the day and this day of the week, is how quiet it is. Except for occasional faint noises from the port, it is very peaceful. The dew is on the grass and the sun is breaking through. I climb into the car and unlike the norm, I don't turn on music. Heading through town, there are no cars on the road. It is like the movies where everyone has abandoned the place. All I hear now is the humming of the tires. No stop and go. No rude drivers.

  I am almost always the first one to arrive at church. Since I have a key, I let myself in and continue to enjoy the tranquility, walking down the halls to the offices. I have some responsibilities here to take care of and I engage in them until the others arrive. For me, it is a very good start to the day and a nice departure from the other days of the week!

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. - Khalil Gibran